The Indian Telecommunication Department has approved net neutrality in India, banning all sorts of blocking, throttling and zero-rating content on the web – keeping the internet a free and open virtual place that is equal for everyone.

While the States is still struggling on retaining net neutrality, the Telecommunication Department of India has approved net neutrality recommendations made by TRAI.  India has embraced its own set of strong net neutrality rules that prevents internet service providers (IPSs) from performing any form of “blocking, degrading, slowing down or granting preferential speeds or treatment to any content”. From today onwards, no IPS can discriminate or restrict any websites or content in any form to nurture a free and fair internet platform in India.

The only exceptions of the net neutrality rule are new and emerging internet-based services like autonomous driving, tele-medicine or remote-diagnostic – which may require faster speeds and internet lanes. Other than these services, all IPSs are prohibited from zero-rating any content available on the internet and those who violate these rules can have their licenses cancelled. BBC reports suggest that this is possibly the “world’s most progressive policy on equal and fair internet for all” – at least on papers.

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